CVC Lightning

The Columbia Volleyball Club U-16 Lightning placed second in the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Open Division Championships to earn a bid to the USAV National Junior Championships this summer. Members of the Lightning are: front row (from left): Brittany Orr, Mallory Baldwin, Meg Ross and Lindsey Scepura. Back row: Morgan Perry, Jessie Link, Kristen Ritchie, Imani Clayton, Allison Orr, coach Lynn Paynter and head coach Larry Schofield. (Photo courtesy of Annette Baldwin / April 25, 2012)

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Columbia Volleyball Club

The Columbia Volleyball Club Lightning 16-U team placed second in the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Open Division Championships at Meadowbrook Athletic Complex April 22. As regional runner-up, the Lightning earned a bid to the USAV National Junior Championships July 4-7 in Columbus, Ohio. Sixteen top seeded teams from across Maryland, Delaware, and northern Virginia competed in the tournament.

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The Lightning finished with a 5-1 record, going undefeated through pool play, quarterfinals and semifinals. Members of the team are Mallory Baldwin, Imani Clayton, Jessie Link, Allison Orr, Brittany Orr, Morgan Perry, Kristen Ritchie, Meg Ross and Lindsey Scepura.


HC Elite travel

The HC Elite ninth grade team won the Baltimore City Challenge Tournament last weekend in Baltimore. The team went 3-0 in pool play and went on to beat the Renegades, 64-44, in the championship, with Mt. Hebron freshman Josh Bryant earning tournament MVP honors.

The Elite team includes Howard County players Bryant, Nick Oates and Dom Napolitano (Glenelg), Jared Noble (Howard), Alex Caffes (Marriotts Ridge), Jon Mierzwa (Reservoir), Matt Egan (Gilman), Jack Shuggars and Nick Heiss (Spalding).


Columbia Soccer Club

On a rain soaked Sunday afternoon, the CSC Storm Runners (U-16 girls) remained undefeated by running past the St. Mary's Inferno, 9-0, in a Baltimore Beltway Soccer League match. Knowing that conditions would worsen as the game went on, the Storm Runners pushed early and scored six goals within the first 15 minutes of play. Makenzie Rynn scored the first two, followed by forward Selena Chin's pair of goals and then single goals from midfielders Lilly Hermina and Christina Kochanski.

Scoring in the first half was capped by forward Carley Noppinger, who placed a shot over the Inferno goalie's head to make the score 7-0 at the half.

A revamped line-up in the second half didn't slow the Storm Runner attack, as two goals by Jonae Queen kept the Storm Runners comfortably ahead. The victory was an entire team effort as Elaina Quinn, Noppinger and Katherine MacKie shared the goalkeeping duties and the normal defensive line of Tory LaFemina, Becca Riley, Kate Harkleroad and Erica Sadler played all over the field. The midfield of Kochanski, Hermina, MacKie and Jenny Haynes dominated possession.

Sarah Levin, who left the field with an illness, gave an incredible effort on the wing during her limited time.


Howard County Striders

Fifty runners braved a steady cold rain to run the Howard County Striders weekly series race at Longfellow Elementary School. Luis Diaz and Kendra Smith paced the two-miler, while Karsten Brown and Marsha Demaree were the 10k winners. The 15k was canceled because of inclement weather.

Two-mile results: 1. Luis Diaz, 11:46; 2. Harrison Colby, 11:56; 3. Ted Poulos, 12:01; 4. John Chall, 12:43; 5. Chad Burger, 13:05; 6. John Way, 13:08; 7. Michael Dusenbery, 13:12; 8. Kendra Smith, 13:35; 9. Bill Andrews, 14:08; 10. Marquel Bowler, 15:23.

11. Mike Fleming, 16:06; 12. Bob Lande, 16:22; 13. Ben Colby, 17:32; 14. Roger Calvert, 18:06; 15. Kash Hartz, 18:10; 16. Dwight Bowler, 18:30; 17. Jack Bovich, 18:31; 18. Amanda Idstein, 18:39; 19. Sharlene Deskins, 18:41; 20. Melinda Krummerich, 18:49.